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How To Protect Your Computer Security

NCJ Number
Legal Economics Dated: (March 1987) Pages: 49-53
P F Turner
Date Published
5 pages
This paper provides guidelines for protecting computer hardware, software, and data in the law office.
Protecting hardware requires controlling the environment in which it operates, guarding against physical damage, and preventing theft. The best way to protect computer software is to store copies of programs offsite in a bank safe deposit box or other controlled environment. Protecting data requires that procedures be implemented to ensure that data are input correctly and only once, that all data are input and properly processed, and that access to confidential data is controlled. In addition, measures need to be taken to see that data are not damaged. Finally backups should be made and properly stored. A periodic review of computer policies and procedures that simultaneously considers hardware, software, and data protection needs can prevent a computer disaster.